Hi Claire, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma just before Christmas. I’m walking out of the Oncologists office and the secretary says, “Happy Christmas” I was in too much shock to respond. I’d just been told I would need a hysterectomy. This wasn’t how it was meant to go. How is a cancer diagnosis a happy time? I told most of my friends via a messenger post. I told them I did not want advice, stories about their aunt/mother/friend, questions about what I was going to do. Not helpful! What I choose to do with my body is my choice. Other people might not agree but it is not their decision. It’s mine. What I did need was their understanding and support. At this stage I don’t want surgery. I don’t have children and am not menopausal. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my uterus. I want to try hormone therapy. Fortunately for me my cancer is slow growing and eostrogen fuelled. I have a plan. I have time to figure it out. I find information is power. I read everything I can, even all the bad stuff. I’ve even watched YouTube videos of hysterectomies so I know what is involved. Everybody is different but I find I’m more anxious about not knowing. I don’t make my best decisions when I’m in a panic. Goodluck with your journey.
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